On The Cover
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe '96
concludes his official visit to Vietnam
on Dec. 18, 2012.
2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards
The Success of the Barry Athletics Model
Campus Democracy Project
Spring 2013, Volume 18, Number 1
Joan F. Mulins Przywara has five happily married adult children and 10 grandchildren. She is still active with the Girl Scouts (Chair at Wilmington Diocese Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts), Alzheimer Association (Support Group Facilitator), and AARP (local chapter).
Martha Saconchik-Pytel after 10 years of research, has a book published, “Baker’s Haulover – A Maritime Treasure of History and Pioneers.” (www. haulover.us) It is the first ever history of this site along with the “golden age” of charter boat fishing including its pioneers, celebrities, events and landmarks.
Maureen S. Dinnen was chosen Florida School Board Member of the Year in 2010 by the Florida Education Foundations.
Georgia Ann Bicknell completed her Master’s of Education online from Jones International University in July 2010. She is presently enrolled online in a doctoral program in Education (Leadership and Organizational Development) with Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. • William “Bill” Tenney is on the Board of Directors of the Barnacle Society, The Barnacle Historic Park in Coconut Grove, Florida.
Pamela Taylor née Amoury is retiring soon and has grown children. She hopes to reconnect with folks from the halcyon days and anyone who has known her in her years at Barry. • Kathleen A. Fives Wilkinson is retired. She is living on the water in Eastern North Carolina with her husband and Labradoodle.
Margaret P. Langerman Schram has a 32-year career as a National Board Teacher of Mathematics Education and Math chair. • Sharon Sonchik Colon will be retiring in 2013 after 40 years of teaching.
Madonna Elyce Rodgers Beatty works at All Children’s Hospital in the Neuroscience/Surgical Floor. She has 2 children; son TJ is 29 years old and daughter Tara-Anne is 22 years old. Her son Tj has spent six years in the U.S. Army and went to Iraq twice for a total of 2 ½ years.
Lisa Blando Carlton is beginning her 23rd year in education. Her first grandchild was born in October.
Baulbeer Persaud is a member of the “Who’s Who International”— a global network of professionals who share knowledge as well as business ideas. Based in the United States, the group also provides advice on businessdevelopment and members assist each other as required and subject to each member’s ability/capacity. She would like to get in touch with classmates Trevor London and Simon Cheong.
Leon “Chip” Horne has been living in New York City, his hometown since 1983. He owns and operates one of the last printing companies in the city of New York. • Hank Malanowski retired from 28 years of service in active duty in the Marine Corps and was awarded the Legion of Merit for meritorious service to the Marine Corps and to the United States. He served as an expert logistician in the Gulf War. Upon his retirement he will reside in Lorton, Virginia, and work in the Supply Chain for AT&T. He earned a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance and has advanced degrees in systems information management and strategic studies.
Maria Dusenbery works for six agencies, including Home Care Case Management and LTC Insurance Assessments. Her daughter gave birth to her first child in February 2012 and may move to Southwest Florida and is hoping to connect with Barry activities in the Fort Myers area. • Jacqueline Laurin is a transplant hepatologist at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She is married to Robert Olshaker and has two sons: Benjamin, 6, and Gerald, 5.
Vanessa Gilyard attends The American Public University System, which is an online university, in Charles Town, West Virginia. She is working on a Master of Arts in history with a concentration in American history.
Dr. Brendan Francis who served on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of Barry University from 2005-2010 is a member of the Harvard School of Public Health/Global Health Professionals Group, Harvard China Group and a member of the center for Global Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Francis has been featured in Marquis Who’s Who in the World as one of the top physicians in the world. He was also named to the Forbes Advisory Panel. Comprised of senior executives and professionals, the panel provides valuable insights and knowledge to guide Forbes prestigious thought leadership. • Robbie McGuiness would love to reconnect with anyone from the 1988-89 soccer season, anyone from the 1988-00 softball season, and the dorm RAs for the years 1990-1992.
Ira Gonzalez, BS’ 01, MBA’ 05, a litigation attorney in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese, was accepted into the Young Leadership Council’s Class of 2012 Leadership Development Series, a 10-week course designed to teach leadership skills to class members who are interested in taking on leadership positions within the YLC and, eventually, in the New Orleans community at large. In June, he was elected to serve as the deputy regional representative for Region XII (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas) for the Hispanic National Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division. Last November, he was elected to serve as the vice president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana, an affiliate of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Gonzalez also is an active member of the Cuban American Bar Association, American Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association and The Florida Bar.
Delawrence Blue has been serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Army since 2005.
Miguel A. Pagan from the Diocese of Orlando will be retiring as captain from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office after 25 years of dedicated service to the agency and all of the Orange County citizens. Deacon Miguel will spend a lot of time with his grandchildren, spouse and parish community. He graduated from Barry Orlando ACE with a BLS and a minor in human behavior in 1994. Miguel is also an adjunct professor at Keiser University. • Lenore P. Rodicio was appointed managing partner director for Completion by Design at Miami Dade College. She was an academic dean at the Kendall Campus and has served as a Wolfson Campus chemistry faculty member and is Chair of the Department of Natural and Social Sciences at the InterAmerican Campus. She widely respected at the college and is recognized nationally for her innovative leadership. In addition, she presented her keynote talk, “Educating the Scientists of Forever”, at the SoFL-ACS awards banquet on April 16, 2011.
Jason Bulger has been living in Melbourne, Australia, since February 2006 and can’t believe how fast five years has gone by. His first son, Macallan, who was born in Los Angeles, is turning 7 in August. He and his wife added another Bulger boy to the clan, Campbell, in January 2010. He enjoys teaching his sons baseball and gridiron football just by watching the games on TV at 3 o’ clock in the morning. He has heard of the changes made to the Barry campus and can’t wait to see them in person on his next trip back to South Florida.
Jesus Jara was appointed superintendent of schools in Monroe County on August 8, 2011, by Governor Rick Scott.
Sona Ramdath completed the Sports Medicine Fellowship at Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California. He started his private practice, Atlantic Podiatry Associates, in Daytona Beach, Florida, in August 2011.
Michelle Rudinsky completed her residency in pediatrics at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami in June 2011. She has joined Sunlife Pediatric Network, a pediatric practice in Plantation, Florida. • Robert Ryan was promoted to supervisor of customer service in the United States Postal Service. • Christopher J. Weir earned an MBA from the University of Central Florida in May 2010.
Jo Ellen Keller has joined the nonprofit agency Community Cooperative Ministries Inc., as an education team leader. Keller has lead teams throughout the southeast for the past 26 years. In this new position, she will be responsible for overseeing CCMI weekend backpack programs in schools throughout Lee County. In addition to her Bachelor of Arts in criminology from University of South Florida, she holds a Master of Science in human resource development and administration from Barry University. She has earned numerous continuing education credits in disciplines such as advanced living principles, leadership in action and adventure-based counseling. In 2009, she completed her Life Coach Certification in empowerment coaching through The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. She was selected as one of 10 lead ambassadors for IPEC’s Life Potential Program, leading teams from Florida to Connecticut.
Donna DeLoach is a Pediatric PACU nurse.
Melissa Adames and husband Raul welcomed Daniel Andres Ygualada to their family on June 16, 2011. He is the little brother to their 4-year-old son Raul. Melissa works as a procurement contracting manager for the Miami-Dade County Department of Procurement Management. • Kristina Feher was appointed to serve as the Young Lawyers Section Chair of the St. Petersburg Bar Association for 2011-2012. • Nadine Elizabeth (Cuffe) Franz is the founder, president and CEO of APEX Career Services. APEX assists professionals seeking to enhance their current career or desiring to change career paths through job search management and career search branding. • Davecia Ragoonath-Cameron is the senior clinical manager at the Institute for Medical Education & Research (IMER) in Miami. She and her husband Matt are the proud parents of 18-month-old Kai Ronan.
Omoleye Ajileye was bestowed with the honor of high school science teacher of the year for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She was also awarded with teacher of the year for MAST (The Medical Academy for Science & Technology), a new state-of-the-art medical magnet school in Homestead, Florida. • Shawn Clark and his fellow graduate and classmate Jenifer Day were married on October 10, 2010. • Lorna Washington was promoted in October 2010 from being a sales representative to a key account sales representative at the News-Press Media Group in Fort Myers, Florida.
Octavio Aguiar earned a Master’s degree in mental health and has been working in the field ever since and loves it. He started as a family therapist and is now supervising a program at an agency in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, called Henderson Behavioral Health. • Kendall Bercaw earned an MBA with a focus on entrepreneurship and marketing from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, in August 2011. • David Enriquez has recently graduated from University of Miami MBA program.
Deborah M. Francisco completed her bachelor’s degree in seven years as an adult student. Afterwards, with thanks to Dr. Patricia Feito, she pursued her new career as a teacher. She has found her calling and loves her career and is thankful for all of her professors at Barry who allowed her to achieve a dream she thought was long forgotten. • Raul Mirza has completed his Master’s of Public Health year at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He is starting his third year of residency in a sequential program for preventive medicine and occupational and environmental medicine. He has recently been appointed as the career development chair for the American College of Preventive Medicine and has been appointed to a three-year term as alumni board member for the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Jessica Aguilar has completed her third year of teaching and was named Teacher of the Year last year. • Frantz Moise is a PhD candidate at Palo Alto University in California. He is a health psychology intern at Tewksbury Hospital in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. • Miriam Moustache-Wechsler has been a licensed clinical social worker and licensed mental health counselor since 2006. • Joan Roman decided to start Uranium Productions a little more than a year after graduating from Barry. Her vision was to establish an unconventional working environment for independent entertainers that were both professional and artistic without being creatively restricting. Three years later, the company has expanded globally with a network that has the power to reach millions instantaneously. She considers herself as a producer, a writer, but more than anything, an entrepreneur. She believes that without her Barry education she wouldn’t be where she is today, living her dream. She believes that her choosing Barry was her first major adult life decision and has set her on the path to success ever since. She looks forward to giving back to students for generations and is forever grateful to be part of Barry University alumni. • Amaru Sanchez is a project analyst at the National Quality Forum in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the Boston University School of Public Health (MPH, social behavioral sciences/ health policy and management).
Adreina Aguado is the first author of the recent publication “Intramolecular Nitroalkene Diels-Alder Reaction Catalyzed by Bronsted Acids” published in Synlett, No. 9 p. 1259, June 2011. She is a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Miami. • Towana C. Daniels is pleased to announce that she has opened up her dream business. She is the owner of a company called Transitions. Therapy with a twist, Transitions is designed with the modern client in mind, and seeks to offer therapy in several different modalities to meet various needs, schedules and clients. Transitions offer therapy through video and web conferencing, in person, via email and by telephone. For those clients that need more intensive services and can afford to do so, Transitions is available to travel to locations outside of the Charleston, South Carolina, metropolitan area. She said that this was all made possible in part because of the wonderful education that she has received at Barry University. • Tina Franklin was recently awarded threeyear funding support from the NIH under the Diversity Supplement Program to continue her PhD studies in physiology and integrative biology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. • Arthur Anthony Harris is working as a volunteer at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where he assists veterans and their families in obtaining benefits. He was medically retired from military service in 2008 due to wounds sustained during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served as the senior field medical specialist (HM) with the U.S. Marine Corps. • Mary P. Nicholson has been promoted to vice president of institutional advancement/executive director of TVCC Foundation t TVCC. She is responsible for alumni relations, foundation, graphics and print designs, public and sports information, fundraising and external relations. • Maria Pineda married Alvaro Echeverri on May 21, 2011, in Cartagena, Colombia. She is a fourth-year PhD student in the Watson School of Biological Sciences, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.
The ‘Social’ Hour
By Stephanie Rodriguez
Despite being diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at age 6, Alex Hannett, BS ’07, MS ‘09 has never shied away from life’s challenges. In fact, he often goes out looking for fresh ones. Such was the case when Hannett decided to give his alma mater its first/largest social media presence by creating The Barry University Network. The 28-year-old Virginia native said he was inspired to create the LinkedIn account as a place where Barry students could reach out to future employers such as The Walt Disney Company, American Express, The U.S. House of Representatives, and many more. “It was such a small network that no one thought it was going to happen,” said Hannett, who created the site without any help from Barry’s marketing team, working on it every chance he got, sometimes for hours on end. As a result of his efforts, the university-wide network now has more than 5,200 members in 12 social networks confirmed on LinkedIn. Students and alumni also have access to 4,000 job postings categorized by profession. Hannett says that based on anecdotal evidence such as emails, discussion board postings, and comments, he believes that more than 200 people have found jobs and/or business opportunities through The Barry University Network. The site has also increased attendance at alumni events and encouraged more students to enter into Career Services’ Mentoring Program. In addition to his day job at All Florida Paper, which is ranked among the top 100 Hispanic companies to work for by Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, Hannett is a social media strategist for small companies. “I believe I live by the entrepreneurial management quote that states, ‘The desire to win does not equal the will to never give up,’” he said.
Hans Saint-Eloi Cadely is enrolled in the PhD program of Auburn University’s Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program. His master’s thesis titled “The Role of Identity Styles and Academic Possible Selves on Academic Outcomes for High School Students” was accepted for publication in International Journal of Theory and Research, 4 (2) 187-208. • Trudi O’Grady teaches character education in Lee County. She was honored for her efforts in teaching character education at The Uncommon Friends Foundation annual event to recognize business ethics and character education on June 2, 2011, • Mallory Jorif is a second-year medical student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She is also assisting in a clinical research project in the emergency medicine department in conjunction with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. • William Patrick Leonard is a senior talent acquisition specialist. He is currently self-employed and is searching for IT and non-technical positions nationally and globally for Fortune 100 and 500 companies. • Alison St. Paul traveled to Botswana, Africa, to volunteer for a month at the dental clinic at Princess Marina Hospital. She is the secretary of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGAPSA) at the University of Pennsylvania where she is a fourth-year DMD student.
Danielle Jackman is a second-year PhD student at the Colorado State University in the Developmental Psychology Program. • Robin Revis Pyke was appointed to serve as the vice chair of the American Cancer Society Lake & Sumter Unit Operating Board. • Michael Suder accepted a position as manager of E-Business with Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., located in Sunrise, Florida. He writes, “I’m developing a roadmap for Watson’s eBusiness initiatives and aligning it with overall IT, Business Development, and corporate strategies.” • Natalie Guderjahn Vallot started her Master of Science in nurse anesthesia in 2011 at the University of New England in Maine.
Nicole Bosman has spent 5 years in the theater department and is now the resident stage manager of a professional theater department, The Alliance Theatre Lab, based in Miami Lakes, Florida. She describes it as her “dream job.” • Vivian Cata was promoted in June 2011 to patient care manager in a busy 37-bed Med.-Surg. Tele. Unit. • Marisa Rae Cochrane was recently hired as an associate attorney at Kramer Law Firm in Altamonte Springs, Florida. • Theresa Daniels opened Daniels Law, P.A. on April 4, 2011. • Sean Gallagan was named Miami-Dade’s top principal by the school district on May 25, 2011. Gallagan works at George T. Baker Aviation School is the only public school in Miami-Dade County authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to offer technical training to students. In addition to being an experienced principal, he is also an experienced pilot. He has recently helped secure a $6 million donation to the school in the form of a jet from American Airlines. Gallagan has been praised by Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho for his humanitarian work. In 2010, the principal helped to secure an airplane to carry Carvalho and a team of Miami-Dade educators to Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. A school district veteran, Gallagan recently completed a doctorate in leadership and education at Barry. • Nathan Gonzalez enrolled in the Master of Science in analytical chemistry program at Florida International University in fall 2011. He received a Department of Energy Fellowship and research assistantship. • Emily Hanna enrolled in the MD program at the University of Central Florida in fall 2011. • Sheila Harkatz is the education development manager at the American Welding Society. • Krystal Lago married Denis Ribot on July 16, 2011, in Miami. She is in her second year in the Developmental Psychology PhD program at Florida Atlantic University. • Gregory Mcleod joined St. Johns River State College in July 2011 as provost of the St. Augustine campus. Over the previous seven years, Greg worked in various administrative positions at St. Petersburg College, including as associate provost of the health education center.
Monica Barreto enrolled in the Applied Developmental Psychology Master’s Program at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. • Jonothan Colon is a research assistant in the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. • Brian Garner enrolled in the post-baccalaureate program in biomedical sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. • Iliana Gonzalez enrolled in the Master of Science in psychology program at Barry University in 2011. • Gina Guillaume enrolled in the Medical Science Preparatory Program at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia in 2011. • Vanessa Inchausti is a research assistant at the Human Genetics Lab at the University of Miami. • Alton Johnson attended a summer research internship in the Laboratory of Experimental Immunology at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland funded by the Summer Research Training Award. Alton accepted a position through AmeriCorps VISTA where he works with the Boston Public School System mentoring and tutoring at-risk youth. • Blandine Victor enrolled in the Preparatory Research Experience Post – Baccalaureate (PREP) Program at Emory University in Atlanta in 2011.
Mary Anstead ’55
Mary Apicella ’01
Patricia Bethel ’62
Kathleen Hastings Burke ’62
Margaret Canty ’57
Barbara George Carroll ’62
Patricia Consier ’61
Vivian A. Decker ’49
Empress-Janeen Hughes ’05
Martha Suguitan Klingberg ’64
Carol E Lancaster ’99
Ellen R. Markowitz ’92
Elizabeth (Betty) Meredith ’57
Gala Brown Munnings ’75
David Nesslein Jr. ’09
Joseph L. Serabia ’02
Starley Martin Tomchik ’93